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TO OUR NEIghBORS AND PARTNERS IN THE CAROLINAS

LETTER FROM KIM ELLIMAN, OSI PRESIDENT, CEO
OSI shares in the nation’s heartfelt concern for the communities in North and South Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence. As floodwaters recede and people trickle back to their homes, we are mindful of the long recovery that lies ahead. In particular, we are thinking about the communities in which we work — where we consider ourselves partners and neighbors. Indeed, several of our most recent Carolina projects are highlighted in this newsletter. 

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PRESERVING 3,000 Acres Along the Waccamaw
Wetlands, critical bottomland, hardwood forests, and seven miles of Waccamaw River frontage have been saved thanks to an OSI grant to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. In addition to providing important habitat to a number of rare plant and animal species, the newly-protected property has been classified as “climate resilient,” in that it will serve as habitat refuge, as the climate changes.
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SC Forest FILTERS river
OSI, the South Carolina Ports Authority, and Pee Dee Land Trust announced a major land conservation achievement aimed at improving the water quality of the Little Pee Dee River. The project permanently protects 78 acres near the source of the river. The property, located outside the town of Dillon, SC, consists of forested wetlands important for wildlife, groundwater recharge, and water quality.
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HAPPY TRAILS! R2R OPENs IN NEW PALTZ
The newly-opened River-to-Ridge Trail allows walkers, runners, cyclists, and others to enjoy easy access to more than 90 miles of trails and carriage roads on the Shawangunk Ridge. The trail opens up this scenic, agricultural, and recreational landscape to the public while preserving the community character of New Paltz.
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Saving the Blue Ridge Parkway viewshed
Once slated for development, the 154-acre High Knob property is located within the Nantahala National Forest. Featuring a peak at 5,200 feet, the property is home to rare high elevation habitat for threatened species. OSI supported the project through its Resilient Landscapes Initiative which seeks to build capacity of land trusts responding to a changing climate.
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PARTNERS PROTECTING nj DRINKING WATER
One of the largest remaining pieces of open land in a tributary of New Jersey's Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer has been permanently preserved by New Jersey Conservation Foundation with OSI's support. “When kept intact, unspoiled forests are the most effective method for cleaning the drinking water of the Delaware River Watershed’s 15 million residents across four states,” said Peter Howell, OSI's Executive Vice President.
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SAVING LAND MAG
spreading the word on climate resilience
Through its Resilient Landscapes Initiative, OSI is at the forefront of conserving climate-resilient lands. Working with the Land Trust Alliance, OSI is spreading the word on how local land trusts can better incorporate climate resilience into their strategic conservation planning efforts. A recent article in the Land Trust Alliance’s Saving Land magazine, features the organizations’ joint efforts.
  
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